Tree-roots in sewer leads to potentially explosive situation

All is not what it seems inside Melbourne’s sewer and stormwater drains. And the smells emanating from them are not what you’d normally expect.

Recently The Drain Man was called to inspect a blocked sewer drain at a property in Melbourne. We conducted our regular camera inspection on arrival, which revealed a large mass of tree roots growing through the drain. We immediately got to work and started clearing the “tree-roots” with a drain-clearing machine and high-pressure water jetter.

The core of the “tree-root” was proving very tough to cut through but the greater problem was that our plumber was starting to notice the aroma of gas. Not the usual “sewer gas” but real, actual, flame-burning gas!!!

He immediately stopped work and called the gas company who raced to the site and confirmed that indeed the “tree-root” in the sewer was in actual fact, a gas pipe! The leak was sealed and the fire brigade came to clear out any gas from the sewer network.

Some idiot, many years ago, order orlistat online when the gas lines were laid, had simply drilled a hole through the sewer pipe and laid the gas pipe right through it! Over the years, tree-roots had entered the sewer around the hole caused by the gas pipe and these roots had wrapped themselves around the pipe, completely encasing it and making it look like a thick tree-root.

It’s not the first time this has happened. We’ve had many times where people have reported a “blockage” in their stormwater drains, only to discover that someone has run a telecommunications or cable TV conduit straight through their drain. In fact, we even had someone who had decided to use the stormwater drain as a conduit in which to run the entire cable through!

So if you have something blocking your drains and you’re not absolutely sure what it is, please don’t try to clear it yourself. Call a professional drain clearing service, like The Drain Man. We’ll take the risk, not you! Call us on 1800 843 372.

 


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The Drain Man talks ‘Fatbergs’ on 774 ABC Radio

Brendan “The Drain Man” Dover was invited recently to speak on 774 ABC Radio about the growing problem of ‘Fatbergs’ in Melbourne’s sewers.

He joined Hilary Harper on her Saturday morning show, October 4th around 10.30am.

Fatbergs are a growing problem, caused by fats and oils being poured down drains, which then cool and congeal. Then so-called “flushable” wipes and other rubbish get stuck to the mess and it just keeps growing. More fat and oil gets added, then more wipes, then more things that shouldn’t be flushed and eventually you end up with a ‘fatberg’.

In some cities around the world, these ‘fatberg’ have grown to the size of a London Bus or the length of a Jumbo cheap generic xenical Jet. They block up sewers, take days to clear and cause all sorts of grief.

Brendan spoke to Hilary about this problem and how people can prevent ‘fatbergs’ from forming in their sewers, by not pouring fats and oils down the sink, not flushing wipes or any other non-paper items down the toilet and generally being mindful of what goes into our drains.

For more advice on what you should or shouldn’t put down your drain or your toilet, please talk to a professional drain expert, like The Drain Man. And if you have flushed something down your toilet that is causing your problems, please call us urgently on 1800 843 372.


The Drain Man are Australia’s original specialists in blocked drains & plumbing services. Servicing MelbourneSydney and many other regions throughout Australia, we have over 15 years expertise in drain reliningblocked drain plumbingCCTV drain inspections, blocked toilets, sewerage systems, overflowing drain services and other drain/sewer/pipe related services.

The Drain Man licensor wins Sustainability Award

The Drain Man is proud to be a licensee of the Nu-flow Drain Relining System. And we are even prouder that recently, Nu-flow won an Environment & Sustainability Award at the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.

To be eligible for this Award, Nu-Flow had to highlight how their environmental practices, both new and continuing, helped to enhance and sustain the environment. With a drain relining system that removes the need to dig up drains or damage existing gardens and trees, the Nu-Flow system is a boon to the environment. It also retains in place existing drain infrastructure so there is no need to dispose of old drainage pipes.
A relined drain prevents the leakage of sewage into the surrounding earth and negates the need to dig up and remove the contaminated soil.

Overall the Nu-Flow drain relining system is a boon to the environment and does a great deal to contribute to a more sustainable solution for damaged drains and sewers.

The Drain Man congratulates Nu-flow on this important Environment & Sustainability Award. As the exclusive Melbourne licensee for Nu-Flow, we intend to instal thousands more new drain linings this year and so do our bit for the Environment and Sustainability.


The Drain Man are Australia’s original specialists in blocked drains & plumbing services. Servicing MelbourneSydney and many other regions throughout Australia, we have over 15 years expertise in drain reliningblocked drain plumbingCCTV drain inspections, blocked toilets, sewerage systems, overflowing drain services and other drain/sewer/pipe related services.